Kilo a Dogs Tale

Riding home from work at the Battle Hill Colliery in Wallsend a young lad hears what he thinks is a woman in distress- He parks his bike and runs down an an embankment where he discovers it is not a woman but a sack that has been thrown into a sewer. upon opening the bag he discovers that it is in fact a little staffordshire bull terrier pup. He places the pup into his bait bag and takes it home to his mother where they live in a miner's cottage in Cullercoats. If you love animals you will love this story.


10. Kilo Chapter 10

Jack hadn’t been idle either he had collected a bucket filled with willicks and mussels.
Have you eaten willicks before Martha?  
“No but I’ve eaten mussels before at Hartford Manor House. Then you will get to try some later. 
“I will, will I.”
Jack loved going down to North Shields Fish Quay with his father as a boy to spend the day fishing. The fish they caught like cod, plaice, or herring subsidised their meat intake. His father would sometimes pick up the odd salmon or a large crab and some prawns. Because my father would give a bucket of coal to some neighbours from his free coal allowance so they returned in kind. The fish didn’t keep well unless it was pickled or sauced. The cod had to be eaten within three days. Nelly made fish cakes or fish pie that could be eaten a day or so later. Nothing got wasted. Jack loved fish and chips with home made mushy peas. The chips were fried in beef dripping and he would eat them with home made bread.
“The willicks and mussels would keep until tomorrow as they were having fried fish and chips tonight said his mother.”
“I left them in the bucket with sea water and seaweed.”
“You can leave them in the yard tonight then,” I will cook them tomorrow you could have them as a starter for your lunch.”

In the autumn months they went around the hedgerows picking fruit like apples, plums, cherries, even horse chestnuts. Black berries, red currants, elder flowers, wild mushrooms were also collected.
If anyone had an allotment and they were having a leek show Jack went to buy the vegetables at rock bottom prices and they were turned into broths or onion puddings. 
They would keep large jars to hold pickled herrings, pickled red cabbage, and piccalilli. This all saved money throughout the year.
Jack told his mother that he’d had a word with his boss at the pit and that he was being offered night shift work which brought in an extra three pounds a week.
Now that Martha was staying he could do it. Nelly and Martha began to peel the potatoes for dinner whilst Jack washed and then dried the fish in some kitchen paper. He then made his batter and added a little beer into the mixture this made the batter crisp.

The fish was now ready for frying, the peas were done. The fresh bread was out on the table along with plates, cutlery, and salt and pepper. Nelly placed the cod into the pan and it sizzled away the chips had been fried for ten minutes then left to cool before refrying them again.
“Okay dinner is now ready can we sit down please. 
This was certainly the most heart meal that she had ever eaten. Kilo hovered around the table looking for scraps. At the moment though none were forth coming and he sat whimpering until Martha gave him a nice piece of cod to eat.

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